Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage - Intensive Massage Therapy Classes
Massage Theory and Technique: Provides a foundation
for continued study in massage therapy. Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage Students will learn to give a
full body massage using the five basic Swedish strokes to increase
relaxation and reduce stress. Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage students will learn:
All of which give an effective massage and ensure client comfort.
- Theory of massage
- Effects of Massage
- Proper Body Mechanics
Anatomy and Physiology: Students will learn the
anatomical organization and the physiological functions of the human
body. Understanding anatomy, physiology and proper terminology will
enable the student to adjust a massage treatment in order to obtain a
Kinesiology: Kinesiology is the study of movement in
the human body. This course will explain the origin, insertion, and
actions of the muscles that move the body. Students will develop skills
in locating boney landmarks, muscles, tendons, ligaments and associated
structures, so they can gain the ability to recognize the difference.
This provides the student with the ability to understand the
relationship and function of muscles so one can identify areas of
dysfunction and pain.
Pathology: This course provides the student with an
understanding of disease, dysfunction, and conditions of the body that
may be encountered in the practice of massage therapy. Topics include
all of the body systems.
Ethics: This course provides a defined understanding of
the standards and professionalism necessary for massage therapists to
properly represent themselves and the massage profession. In class
discussion emphasizes ethical conduct and understanding the professional
boundaries of massage therapy. Students will also review and discuss the
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Standards of Practice.
Business: This course is an introduction to the basic
business topics and practices relating to massage therapy. Topics
include: the different types of business operations, start up
requirements, marketing, and spa management.
Deep Tissue Massage: Students will learn to identify
tension in different layers of tissue and treat them appropriately. By
using slow movements to unfold underlying tissue the student will learn
to treat chronic postural tension and emotional trauma that is stored in
Sports Massage: This course is designed to give a
student the skills necessary for working with an athlete. Students will
learn specific massage techniques for pre-event massage, post-event
massage, rehabilitative care and range of motion. Specific injuries will
be explained and identified, and students will learn how to treat these
Clinical Massage: This course will outline treatment goals for relieving musculoskeletal conditions and will prepare students to work in both in the clinical and spa settings. The student will learn eleven of these common conditions and apply foundational science to their massage practice. The course will deliver the progression from understanding each condition to assessing the client's needs and finally working with the client.
Pharmacology: This course provides students with the basic and necessary information on pharmacology and gives students the framework to better assess and treat clients. Students will learn about the most used medications and how they may affect massage treatment. This course is an introduction to understanding common medications in order to determine contraindications and the best massage treatment to use based on medications.
Chair Massage: In this course, students will learn
creative skills and techniques to perform a professional chair massage.
Chair massage is a great marketing strategy to build ones practice.
Traditional Chinese Medicine: Traditional Chinese
Medicine looks for disharmony in the internal and external environment
to treat and prevent disease. This course explores an introduction to
the yin/yang concept, the five elements, the meridians, and basic
shiatsu techniques. Students will learn the basic concepts and
Reflexology: Reflexology is based on the theory that
all body parts and organs correspond to points on the feet. Proper
manipulations and techniques are taught to identify these specific
points. Treating these reflexology points are performed to return the
body to homeostasis.
Hydrotherapy and Spa: Students will be able to use and
describe different agents of heat and cold in body treatments. This
course also gives students an introduction to spa procedures.
Muscle Energy Techniques: METs are a contract/relax
technique used to restore balance to muscles. Students will be able to
understand the physiology of this concept and demonstrate the
Clinic/Fieldwork: This course coordinates the students
with the general public for massage therapy sessions, in which, the
student will gain confidence and experience in different massage related
circumstances. An instructor supervises all clinic and fieldwork
Alternative Modalities: Students will be introduced to
other therapeutic modalities available in the massage profession, so
they can further study upon completion of the program to better serve
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Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.
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